Taytay LGU launches e-tourism campaign, Coral and Giant Clam Gardening Project

Taytay town in Palawan boosts its tourism program by launching “Terrific Taytay” campaign as wells as the Coral and Giant Clam Garden Project (photo grabbed from (www.ctisoutheastasia.wordpress.com)

With the aim to hike up the town’s tourism industry, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Taytay flicked the green light for E-tourism with an advocacy campaign dubbed as ‘Terrific Taytay’, May 3, 2017.

Enforced through the collaborative effort of the Coral Triangle Initiative South-East Asia (CTI-SEA), ASEAN Development Bank (ADB), tourism and LGU officials, and other stakeholders, the campaign aims to showcase tourism in the municipality with the website www.taytaytourism2017.com. The said web portal will allow the public to access information about Taytay, including its history, population, events, and destinations.

Taytay’s tourism committee Chairman Merly Paculanang said the launch of Taytay’s first ever website is the path to introducing Palawan as the next tourism destination and promote it as a visitor-friendly tourism destination.

Aside from the website launch, the event also involved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and launch of the Coral and Giant Clam Garden Project in Taytay Bay, along with the installation of coral nurseries and giant clam gardens in Denot and Talacanen Island, and in Tecas Marine Sanctuary. The said projects are designed to hopefully address the issue on mangrove deforestation and illegal fishing in Taytay Bay.

The CTI-SEA, funded by the ADB, aims to promote sustainable marine ecology, tourism and biodiversity. Aside from the LGU and tourism representatives, local fisher groups also joined the said advocacy and support its aim to achieve economic opportunities for fisherfolk while ensuring the sustainability and integrity of the town’s marine ecology.

With the maximum involvement and collaboration of the community, the local and private sector, Taytay is hoping to venture into sustainable eco-tourism and better protection of its marine ecology. (By Kia Johanna Lamo)

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